Saturday, May 19, 2012
They have tricks that will get you buying those high cost and high calorie stuff. Some, only a few, tricks actually are in your favor.
When you walk into the store, usually the first thing you see is the produce. That's because it's close to the door where the light is best. That's it. The one trick that works for you.
But then you want to get your dairy products. Now you have to roam all the way to the back of the store. That way, and I use the Giant chain in the Baltimore-Washington area, I have to walk through the yogurts, and cheese, and butter/margarine, etc before I can get to the milk.
That bakery, also in the back of the store, is pumping a fresh bread smell all through the store, making me hungry. And before I even get there, I have to pass the deli where they are cooking those rotisserie chickens and ribs. They smell delicious and they keep the price so low. Buy a little of that Amish Potato Salad (expensive) and a salad bar (expensive) and you have dinner. A dinner high in calories and sodium Ö they brine those chickens to keep them moist and salty.
To get to the stuff in the aisles that I actually have to cook Ö pasta, dry beans Ö I have to pass by prepared ready to eat canned goods. And don't get me started on the end caps.
Other trick: 10 for $10. Guess what? I can buy 1 for $1. Even in the produce area: pre-cut vegetables and fruits. Guess what? My knives are not broke. And that salad bar. Yikes! $6/pound!
And here is my favorite trick they do. About every year or so, they rearrange whole parts of the store. I thought I knew where everything was, but not anymore.
And in my local Giant, the pasta and rice are in the same aisle. But not the couscous. It's two aisles over. And the pork and beans are the aisle marked "Chinese, International, Mexican, Jewish" Really? What is wrong with the vegetable aisle.
"Boss, where do you want the baked beans?, there's no room with the veggies."
"Beans? That's a Mezcin food. Put them in with all the foreign foods."
I don't use the self check-outs. Why? Aside from the fact that they don't work that well, if I have a cashier to chat with, I am less likely to grab a York Peppermint Patty or a Payday bar.
I am thinking about subscribing to Peapod and just get everything delivered. www.peapod.com/index.jhtml
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I had a really good post all written. I was eloquent. I was profound. I was smokin' the keyboard.
Then something happened and I blew it all up.
So tonight a couple more RWDaily.runnersworld.com motivational posters.
And sometimes that's all I'm doing ... duh.
Hell, yeah! Pie! π. 3.14...
Friday, May 18, 2012
A profound moment and a profane moment
Running before dawn
The world is not all asleep
Deer travel my route
It is really odd what can pop into your head when you are running for hours, isn't it? This is the only one I came up with that I could remember well enough to jot down when I got home.
Oh and a RWDaily motivational poster:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I thought I was being Mr Adventurous when I tried quinoa (keen wah). But there are so many other things to try out.
Whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Consuming at least three servings of whole grains per day (one serving is a Ĺ cup of cooked grains like oatmeal or rice, or one slice of bread) can reduce the risk of some chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and certain cancers. Eating whole grains in place of refined grains may also reduce potentially dangerous excess abdominal fat, buildup that can raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even cause insulin resistance (potentially leading to diabetes).
But what to do when oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, and even quinoa are getting old? Here are 17 grains youíve probably never heard of that can be great additions to a healthy diet:
It was a staple grain of the Aztecs, banned by the conquistadors. I still grew wild so it was formerly considered a weed. High in fiber and protein (9 grams per cup).
Kamut is the brand name ó and most commonly used name ó for the ancient khorasan strain of wheat. Itís a great source of protein, with 11 grams per cup
Formerly used primarily as bird feed in the U.S., millet is increasing in popularity among humans. Itís prepared like rice or made into flour and used in baked goods. Itís a good source of protein (6 grams per cup) .
These teeny tiny grains pack a sizable nutritional punch: Teff is surprisingly high in calcium (one cup contains 12 percent of the daily recommended value) and vitamin C, a nutrient not often found in grains. Plus, itís gluten-free.
5. Freekeh (free-kay)
This grain is freekiní awesome! Basically, freekeh is wheat thatís harvested early (when the leaves are yellow and the seeds are green and soft) and then roasted, giving it a smoky flavor. Freekeh has up to four times as much protein as brown rice, and itís low on the glycemic index. Plus, it boasts a ton of fiber.
6. Farro (aka Emmer)
Same grain, different name (depending on location) ó emmer is the American term for while itís known as farro in Italy. A half-cup of farro has more fiber and fewer calories than brown rice or quinoa, and it can be prepared in the same way.
7. Barley (more forgotten than not heard of)
Itís high in fiber (almost a quarter of the daily recommended value in one cup of the pearled stuff), it may help prevent some chronic diseases and lower cholesterol.
Bulgur, another derivative of wheat, itís the result of boiling, drying, and cracking wheat kernels. Itís incredibly versatile in dishes and cooks in about the same amount of time as pasta. With 8 grams of fiber per cup, or 33 percent of the daily recommended value, bulgur beats out quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat, and corn in that category.
Fonio is a tiny type of millet. There may be some reason to beware: One study has linked fonio and other types of millet to hypothyroidism (when the thyroid doesnít produce enough of certain hormones) and possible development of autism in children whose mothers ingested too much during pregnancyÖ but further research on both subjects is needed before conclusions can be drawn.
10. Sorghum (aka Milo)
Sorghum is a gluten-free grain. It can be used as flour in baked goods, cooked into porridge, popped like popcorn, or used to make beer!
Spelt is a type of wheat that is higher in protein than other types, and can easily be used as a substitute for wheat flour in recipes.
12. Triticale (trit a kay ly)
A wheat-rye hybrid. It can help lower cholesterol. Triticale is often eaten in berry form or as oatmeal-like flakes.
Actually not a type of wheat at all ó itís an herb! More closely related to rhubarb than to wheat (making it gluten-free!), its seeds are ground into flour or crushed to make groats, which are cooked like rice.
14. Red rice
A type of yeast growing on rice grains yields this fun colored food ó and the health benefits are pretty astounding. It can aid indigestion, blood circulation, and spleen health. Red rice extract is gaining popularity in the US for its cholesterol-lowering properties. It has a nutty taste,
15. Indian rice grass
Indian rice grass, also known by the brand name Montina, is a staple of Native American diets and is gaining popularity in the gluten-free community. Pure Indian rice grass flour is super high in protein and fiber, with 17 grams of protein, 24 grams of dietary fiber, and 24 grams of insoluble fiber in just two-thirds of a cup. It can have an intense wheat-like flavor, so itís best combined with other flours in dark baked goods.
16. Rye berries
Everyone knows about rye bread, but the grain can also be eaten in its berry form. Rye berries can be cooked like rice or barley in pilafs or soups, though cooking can take up to an hour.
17. Wheat berries
Weíve all heard of wheat, but most of the wheat we eat is in flour form in baked goods like bread and muffins ó not always so healthy! Wheat berries are a way to get wheat in its most natural state ó whole kernels with only the hull removed. This means they contain all the grainís nutrients and minerals. Once cooked (simmered in boiling water for up to an hour should do it), they are a great addition to soups, stews, and salads. Since wheat berries are quite literally whole wheat, they may be more filling than a similar amount of food made with wheat flour.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
(I posted this on my Weight Watchers blog)
Somehow, some way, we need to let Weight Watchers know they messed up this year.
They discontinued the Walk !t Challenge. But last year they told us to look for what was coming in 2012:
I just got off the phone with customer service: 800-651-6000. They confirmed it. I told them it was a mistake to do that.
Why would they discontinue such a successful program? I know a lot of people who got up out of the Fat-E-Boy recliner because of that challenge. Some, like me, went on to become runners. Some, like me, even went on to the ultimate challenge and completed a marathon. People at the meetings ask me how I did it: "I started small with Walk !t 2009 and it just snowballed from there." I helped to mentor some of my peers last year to their first 5ks; some walked, some ran, but they did it!
We need to reach out to Weight Watchers, Inc. any way we can and let them know that this was a worthwhile part of the program and to abandon it is shortsighted.
I have already called the customer service number and let them know my concerns: 800-651-6000. It's entirely to late this year, but maybe they will see the light for next year.
Of course, that doesn't mean you cannot do your own Walk !t Challenge. Go to Active.com tinyurl.com/c4ujzgj and find a 5k near you. Or ask at the running store. Or stop a runner. There will probably be a runner or someone who knows a runner at your meeting. Or ask on the Weight Watcher forums. Heck, ask me, I'll help you find one.
Once you find one, put your money down on it. I know of few better motivators than cold hard filthy lucre, moolah, dinero, money money money monnnee, cash.
Now you're committed.
Now get out there and walk. Maybe start to run a little. A 5k is 3.1 miles. If you only walk it takes an hour of your time.
And at every 5k I have participated in, you will be welcome. Leave the dog home and if you bring a stroller be mindful of runners.
You can do this even if Weight Watchers doesn't want to help. I do. Look around your meeting. Ask. See if they will help you train or just join you in a walking group.
We can, we can , we can. (read/listen to my 5/13/12 blog post) www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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